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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Defined
The diagnosis of cleft lip or cleft palate depends on prenatal care and severity of the birth defects. Cleft lips and sometimes cleft palates can be visualized through ultrasound technology, even during routine exams. Due to the internal nature of the cleft palate, it can be more challenging to diagnose before birth. Either way, most cleft lip and cleft palate diagnoses can be made upon visualization at birth.
What is a Cleft Lip?
The facial structures of lips generally form during pregnancy during the first trimester, specifically between the 4th and 7th weeks of fetal gestation. The lip tissue begins as separate structures, eventually fusing together to form a complete set of lips. When a cleft lip occurs, there is an interruption in this process of fusion, resulting in a notch or separation in the upper facial lip.
A cleft lip can vary in severity, ranging from a baby born with a single notch (unilateral cleft) akin to a split lip someone might experience from an external trauma, to an extreme bilateral cleft that results in two splits, one on either side of the upper lip. These separations of lip tissue can reach all the way above the lip to the nose.
The tissue and bone structures of the upper mandible and gum can also be affected by a cleft lip birth defect. The separations range in significance, with the most common location of the cleft on the left side of the lip, and bilateral affliction the least common.
The oral palate – commonly referred to as the roof of the mouth – develops during early gestation and typically reaches fused formation by the 10th week of gestation. The palate of the mouth is divided into the soft and hard palate, the former being the region toward the throat and softer by physical nature. The hard palate is located in the front region of the mouth. When there is a separation in the structures of either palate (or both) it is known as a cleft palate. This birth defect can vary in significance and can include almost an entire division of the roof of the mouth. The physical deformities of the palate can also extend to the upper jaw bone area.
A Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate Diagnosis
Orofacial birth defects affecting the lip, hard palate, and soft palate can occur from structural separation during prenatal development. During the first 10 weeks or so of gestation a fetus typically undergoes a series of facial growth processes, including individual structures eventually fusing to form tissues and bones of the upper lip, mandible, and hard and soft palates. When this process of fusion is not complete, the result can be a cleft lip, palate, or both. The term “cleft” refers to a split or separations of these structures, and results in birth defects of varying degrees of severity.